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Free concerts abound with arrival of 33rd annual Texas MusicFest in Steamboat Springs

Audrey Dwyer / Steamboat Today
A performer sings during a MusicFest concert held in the Knoll Parking Lot at the Steamboat Ski Area. The festival will continue through Saturday, Jan. 13
Brian Ray
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Dust off your cowboy hats and muster your best southern drawl, the 33rdannual MusicFest kicks off this Friday.For six days, the annual festival descends upon Steamboat Springs bringing a robust roster of up to 80 musicians, from legends to rising stars, over 120 live performances and about 14,300 extra visitors.But, the festival offers more than just country music.“People tend to think all the music from the fest is just country,” said Brian Smith, a booking agent with B. Smith Presents. “But it’s really not. It might have twang to it, but there are more bands that rock and jam out and a lot of the music is more listenable than you would think.”Aside from the festival, Smith said a variety of late night shows will amp up the festivities throughout the week at smaller venues.“The goal was to make these shows feature a few of the official MusicFest artists but offer late night shows that were free so locals could go and so there was late night music after the Fest was over,” said Smith, who books the musicians at Slopeside Grill.The bands at Slopeside he said were handpicked and might surprise those in the audience.“Everything from Americana to rock n’ roll, to Cajun or jazz-infused sounds and exceptional instrumentation, the festival really represents a lot of different styles of music,” said John Dickson, founder and creator of the MusicFest and Dickson Productions Inc. “But each year there’s a common bond that’s present with the musicians and the fans, because they want to produce music that’s genuine, that means something to them and speaks real life stuff.”Bands to look out, according to Smith, include the Chubby Knuckle Choir and Midnight River Choir, with unforgettable live shows, and Zac Wilkerson and Austin Mead, stars within the singer-songwriter realm.A few of the MusicFest’s official headlining acts include Lee Ann Womack, Reckless Kelly, Micky & the Motorcars, Turnpike Troubadours, Randy Rogers Band, Paul Thorn, Eleven Hundred Springs, The Mastersons, The Trishas, Shawn Sahm All-Star Jam, Stoney LaRue and dozens upon dozens more.The festival will be playing at 11 official stages throughout the week, the largest of those being the official MusicFest venue — a 100-foot by 180-foot tent providing more than 18,000 square feet of concert space for up to 3,000 people – located in the Knoll Lot parking area across from the Gondola Square Transportation Center.The festival tent will remain in the Knoll Lot through Saturday, Jan. 13. In addition, the lower Knoll triangle lot will also be closed for event purposes.The resort will continue to offer free parking in the south half of the Knoll Lot and the Meadows Lot as well as paid parting in the Gondola Square parking structure. In addition, Steamboat Springs Transit offers free bus transportation between the Steamboat Ski Area transportation center, downtown and most condominium locations.MusicFest will also feature four free concerts at the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square, including: Jack Ingram & The Beat up Ford Band and Read Southall on Friday; the Cody Johnson Band and Kody West on Saturday; Mike & The Moonpies and the Dirty River Boys on Sunday; and the Casey Donahew Band and Koe Wetzel on Monday. All concerts start at 1 p.m.“I think people will like the music more than they think,” Smith said. “But if they don’t go out and see it they won’t really know.”

Free concert schedule

THURSDAY, JAN. 4

Midnight River Choir10 p.m. | Slopeside Grill, 1855 Ski Time Square DriveAustin Meade10 p.m. | Colorado High 5, 635 Lincoln Ave.

FRIDAY, JAN 5

Junior GordonNoon | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Bryce Dicus1 p.m. | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Jack Ingram, The Beat up Ford Band and Read Southall1 p.m. | Gondola Square, Steamboat Ski Area, 2305 Mount Werner CircleChuch Briseno and T.J. Broscoe2 p.m. | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Jade Patek and Brian Milson3 p.m. | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Trevor G. Potter with Walt and The Ol’ 373 to 5 p.m. | Slopeside Grill, 1855 Ski Time Square DriveCody Sparks4 p.m. | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Shawn David Allen3 to 6 p.m. | Bear River Bar and Grill, 2305 Mount Werner CircleZac Wilkerson10 p.m. | Slopeside Grill, 1855 Ski Time Square Drive

Saturday, Jan. 6

Bonnie LangNoon | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Myles Smith and Robynn Shayne1 p.m. | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Cody Johnson Band and Kody West1 p.m. | Gondola Square, Steamboat Ski Area, 2305 Mount Werner CircleBrent Michael Wood and Isaac Jacob2 p.m. | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Chuck Brisen2 p.m. | Slopeside Grill, 1855 Ski Time Square DriveAustin Gilliam and Debbie Glenn3 p.m. | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5

Chuck Briseno with Josh Patton

9:30 p.m. | Moose Knuckles, 1009 Lincoln Ave.

Chubby Knuckle Choir10 p.m. | Slopeside Grill, 1855 Ski Time Square DriveEuforquestra10 p.m. | Schmiggity’s, 821 Lincoln Ave.

Sunday, Jan. 7

Denny HerrinNoon | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Francie HrienitzNoon | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Mike & The Moonpies and the Dirty River Boys1 p.m. | Gondola Square, Steamboat Ski Area, 2305 Mount Werner CircleMatt Castillo and Chris Manning2 p.m. | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Zack Nytomt and Jack Nelson3 p.m. | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Mario Flores, Clay Hollis and Junior Gordon4 p.m. | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5The Buffalo Ruckus9 p.m. | Schmiggity’s, 821 Lincoln Ave.Austin Meade10 p.m. | Slopeside Grill, 1855 Ski Time Square Drive

Monday, Jan. 8

Dave ThomasNoon | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Jack Nelson1 p.m. | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Casey Donahew Band and Koe Wetzel1 p.m. | Gondola Square, Steamboat Ski Area, 2305 Mount Werner CircleDrew Fish2 p.m. | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Melissa Brooke3 p.m. | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Sarah Hobbs and David Grace4 p.m. | Double Diamonds Bar, 2300 Mount Werner Circle, Unit C5Austin Meade & Friends8:30 p.m. | Slopeside Grill, 1855 Ski Time Square DriveTo reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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